Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/22/13
Season SummaryThe 49ers had a tremendous 2012-13 season, riding a great second half from QB Colin Kaepernick all the way to an NFC title. After making the switch to Kaepernick from Alex Smith midway through the season, the 49ers offense really took off with the addition of a big play threat. San Francisco’s defense also excelled, ranking fourth in the league in both rushing and passing defense in terms of yards per game.2012 RecordThe 49ers had a very solid season, going 11-4-1 en route to a Super Bowl appearance.Positions of NeedSan Francisco was arguably the most complete team in 2012, with very few holes to fill on either side of the ball. However, the team did tend to lean on WR Michael Crabtree a bit too often last season, especially when TE Vernon Davis was ineffective. An off season acquisition of WR Anquan Boldin should help to ease those concerns, but the 49ers may be looking for a long term solution. Another position of weakness was the defensive line, particularly after DE Justin Smith went down with an injury against the Patriots. Gaining an insurance policy for Smith should he get hurt again or bolt for free agency would be a logical step for San Francisco. Lastly, the 49ers got torched by Joe Flacco and others in the playoffs and could be looking to add help in their secondary. If a premier safety falls to no. 31, don’t be surprised if San Francisco chooses to add depth at that position.First Round TargetsThe 49ers have an astounding fifteen picks in the 2013 draft, so pinpointing their exact spot could be especially difficult. As it stands, the 49ers have pick no. 31 and should be able to adequately fill a position of need from that spot. Florida S Jonathan Cyprien and Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson will both be possibilities to join San Francisco next season. UCLA DE Datone Jones could also be on the radar, as he would fit perfectly into a 3-4 scheme. On the other hand, the team could go with a much sexier pick and add West Virginia WR Tavon Austin or Cal WR Keenan Allen to an already powerful offense.Teams to Keep an Eye onWith San Francisco picking so late in this year’s draft, the possibility of a team snatching up one of their top guys is highly likely. The 49ers front office will have to be flexible throughout the first round and hope that they are able to draft one of their top targets. Of course, they could also just stockpile any number of their fifteen draft picks in a trade to ensure that they get the player they want, similar to the way Atlanta did two years ago with Julio Jones (no. 6 overall).Trade WindsThe likelihood of the 49ers partaking in a day one trade is extremely high, as they also own the no. 34 overall pick. If the team wanted to, they could package them together and try to get into range of a 20-25 overall pick if they were worried that a specific player might not fall into their lap. Another viable decision would be to trade out of the first round altogether, given that they don’t have any immediate needs. The idea here being that they would stockpile picks in the first two rounds for next season, hoping to strike gold with a big time prospect.Draft HistoryWR A.J. Jenkins No. 30 (2012)DE Aldon Smith No. 7 (2011)OT Anthony Davis No. 11 (2010)G Mike Iupati No. 17 (2010)WR Michael Crabtree No. 10 (2009)DT Kentwan Balmer No. 29 (2008)
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